8th Day of October

1978 – Australia’s Ken Warby sets the current world water speed

Ken Warby (born 9 May 1939) is an Australian motorboat racer, who currently holds the water speed record of 317.58 miles per hour (511.10 kilometres per hour), set on Blowering Dam on 8th October 1978.

Warby designed the wooden speed boat hull of his record-breaking boat, Spirit of Australia, himself and built it in his backyard. It was powered by a Westinghouse J34 jet engine.

1978 – Australia's Ken Warby sets the current world water speed

He became the first and only person to exceed 300 mph (482.8 km/h) on water and live to tell the tale.

Spirit of Australia is displayed permanently at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales.

Extra Note: He now works with his son David on a new boat to break the record.

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